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Hilton Honors: Guide to Hilton Executive Lounges

Guide to Hilton Executive Lounges

A hotel lounge is a place where people can relax, eat, have drinks, socialize, and, maybe, get some work done. If you are staying at a Hilton hotel or resort, Hilton Executive Lounge is a great place for all of these. Provided, there is one at the property.

For people who travel a lot for work, a hotel lounge offers a lot more benefits. It’s a place to unwind after a meeting, or just a different place to work, or a place to plan the next day with colleagues. It can get pretty boring to spend evenings in your room every day, for several weeks in a year.

That’s why Hilton Executive Lounges have always been popular among business travelers.

What to expect at a Hilton Executive Lounge?

Hilton Executive Lounge is typically a small (though not always), intimate space located within a larger hotel. It may offer a variety of seating options, including chairs, sofas, and booths. The lounge may also have a bar area where guests can order drinks.

Accessible to select guests only, most Hilton Executive Lounges offer breakfast in the morning, and tea-coffee service with light snacks through the day. Drinks are mostly available, but are not complimentary at every lounge.

Most Hilton lounges also come with a business center with desktops, printers, etc.

Do all Hiltons have an executive lounge?

There are numerous Hilton hotels with executive lounges worldwide. But not all Hilton hotels necessarily have one.

There is no co-relation with the size, price, and location of the lounge as well. A very economical hotel can have one, and an expensive one might not. There is no rule.

If a lounge is important for you, you need to check online before you book. And, post-covid, prepared for it to be shut without notice. Calling the property directly before booking is your best bet.

How to get complimentary access to Hilton Executive Lounges?

The easiest way to get access to Hilton Executive Lounges is to pay for one. You can book a lounge access included, or an executive floor room, or a club room to get access to executive floor lounge in the hotel.

However, in some cases, you can also get complimentary access to executive lounges at Hilton hotels and resorts.

The following policy applies at all Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, and DoubleTree by Hilton hotels that have Executive Floor Lounges. Excludes the Sakura Club at Conrad, Washington, D.C.

  • If you are a Hilton Honors Gold elite member, you and up to one additional registered guest in the same room will be granted complimentary access to the Executive Floor Lounge only if you receive a room upgrade to the Executive Floor or an upgrade to a room type that confers Executive Floor Lounge access benefits.
  • If you are a Hilton Honors guest with Diamond status, you and up to one additional registered guest in the same room will always enjoy complimentary access to the Executive Floor Lounge, even if your stay is not booked on or upgraded to the Executive Floor.

Hilton Honors Diamond status is the only sure shot way to get complimentary access to Hilton executive lounges. Apart from staying regularly with Hilton, you can also get complimentary Diamond Elite status with certain Hilton credit cards.

US vs. Rest of the world

The elite benefits offered at hotels in the USA, to put it mildly, are a huge disappointment. This is true across all brands.

And there is a valid reason for it. There are just too many people with elite status in the USA. Thanks to hundreds of credit cards offering them as benefits.

There was a GM, who once told me that on some days there are more Diamond and Gold members staying at the property than guests with no status.

It’s almost impossible to offer benefits to so many members.

Not to say that many hotels do it on purpose or just to save costs. Then there are also hotels that just hate elite members. It might be because of certain bitter experiences. But they don’t have much to lose, as most are not loyal customers anyway. Just guests with higher status.

Outside the US, it is a different story. Not that there are not credit cards with elite status benefit. However, they are very few and not available in every country.

Most elite members outside the US are members who have earned their status. Hotels are much more inclined to offer better upgrades, amenities, and discounts to guests there.

The same is true for Hilton Executive Lounges. Outside the US, there are much better and well appointed lounges, easier access and higher chances of an upgrade to one.

In fact, post the pandemic, lounges outside the US are reopening at a much faster pace than in the US. At the same time, the pandemic was devastating for the industry. There could be very genuine reasons for the slow re-opening or closure of the lounges altogether.

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